February Photo Round-Up

Happy Leap Day!

Here are some photos to remember this month by.

We played a fun match-the-music symbol Valentine’s Game in Kindergarten.

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Nature gave a show. We had one day of rain and lots of summery weather.

Time for some outdoor recreation – tight-rope walking and college softball.

Parents and families came to visit at the colleges, and some of us went to Coffee Klatsch for a cuppa.

I found the raccoon at Trader Joe’s, but I didn’t ask for my lollipop.

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How many science fair experiments can YOU do with Gummy Bears?

Time for March to come in like a lion, but I don’t think it will.

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Winter Concerts

The elementary instrumental teachers in this district are not crazy. Well, in some respects. After starting music classes at the beginning of October they do not plan for a holiday concert. The students just aren’t ready in a few months, especially the beginners. February is a great time for a first concert, and the string program presented its annual Winter Program on Wednesday. The band program followed with their concert on Thursday.

 

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Photo courtesy of EIMP Band Facebook Page

Now it’s time for new music for the May concert!

Hitching Posts

It’s obvious when walking through Rome IMG_1356(and many other world locations) that the city has been around a long time. A really, really long time. Buildings are ancient. Ruins sit among more modern buildings.

One must look closely in Claremont to see vestiges of our early history, but you can see a few former hitching posts which no longer serve their original purpose.

 

These don’t look like hitching posts, but they certainly look historical.

Planetarium Show

IMG_1453Back in October, Pomona College hosted a grand opening of its new Physics and Math building, Millikan Hall. We were unable to see the Planetarium show then, but our patience paid off, and one of the physics faculty organized a showing for our church group.

I wish I could have taken photos of the show, because it was beautiful as well as interesting. The 3D glasses added to the enjoyment.

Two things I hadn’t known before were that Jupiter’s 60+ moons do not orbit in one plane, but each in their own. The second was that rings of Saturn are only one kilometer thick. One kilometer. Less than half a mile. So if you look at them straight on, you see nothing.

 

Hollywood in the ‘Mont

IMG_1357With Claremont’s close proximity to Hollywood, locals occasionally see  trucks roll into town for a shoot. We rarely see the stars of the shows, but it’s a fun buzz to find out what’s happening.

Last week Fox TV used the basement of the UCC and Bardot Restaurant for a pilot featuring Mandy Moore, who, I’m pretty sure, was not in our fair city for these scenes.

This link lists a number of movies and tv shows that have been filmed in the ‘Mont – from The Absent-Minded Professor to Teen Wolf Too, although I don’t think the list is complete. I seem to recall an episode of Quantum Leap that turned some buildings into the South with hanging moss everywhere, and I’m also sure that Buster Keaton was here in a film.

Goethe Institute Exhibit

You have probably heard about Goethe. IMG_1434You know, the German writer who spanned the 18th and 19th centuries. He wrote Faust and stuff. You might have even heard of the Goethe Institute, and, like me, knew nothing about it.

The Goethe Institute is Germany’s cultural institute with 159 branches worldwide, including six in the US (two in California). The Institute aims to “provide information on culture, language and other general aspects of Germany.”

Currently the Seeley G. Mudd Library on the Pomona Campus (no longer a library, however) houses an exhibit from the Goethe Institute called Umdenken: Von der Natur Lernen. Rethinking: Learning from Nature. Although the exhibit, divided into earth, air, water and fire is in German, there are English translations for those who need them.

This exhibit, coming into the US from Canada, was delayed at the border for three days, and it was unclear whether it would be here in time, but it did make it, and you can see it M-F from 10-3 and on some Saturdays until March 3. It is perfect for school group field trips, with advanced reservation. Hurry!

 

Common Vision: One Fruit Tree at a Time

Back for its eleventh year, Common Vision IMG_1373arrived at Vista del Valle Elementary School last Thursday in one of its vegetable oil-powered buses. Each year when they come, they help students plant more trees in the orchards (there are several areas with fruit trees), prune and fertilize the existing trees, and talk with the kids in small groups about botany and the environment and the deliciousness of the fruit.

The best thing of all, in my opinion, is that the kids get to get their hands dirty and really dig into the soil, touch worms, and take ownership of these trees. Watch the video on their website, and you will see Vista featured as one of the schools, although the footage is about six years old by now.